DCU and UrbanVolt Renew Scholarship Partnership for 2018/19

Dublin City University and UrbanVolt are seeking motivated students with an innovative and entrepreneurial mind set to apply for the 2018/19 UrbanVolt Master’s Scholarship programme at DCU. The scholarship is open to students wishing to pursue a master’s programme in Engineering, Computing or Business at DCU. The successful recipient will receive full fee support for a full-time taught master’s degree programme.

This is the second year that UrbanVolt will offer this exciting scholarship opportunity and marks the renewal of a natural partnership between Ireland’s University of Enterprise and an ambitious company on a mission to transform the energy industry and accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy.

Since its establishment in 2015, UrbanVolt has revolutionised the energy sector through their innovative Light as a Service business model. The model sees UrbanVolt install energy saving LED lighting on a subscription basis, delivering significant reductions in energy costs for clients with no upfront expenditure, leaving companies with capital intact to invest in growing their business. The company has also recently launched its new Solar as a Service product on the same subscription model basis.

Speaking at the announcement of the 2018/19 scholarship in DCU, Edel Kennedy, Head of Marketing with UrbanVolt explained:

“We are looking for a student who has the passion and drive to bring a new way of thinking to solving global problems. UrbanVolt began life in DCU’s Alpha innovation campus and from our own experiences, we understand that it sometimes takes an outsider to transform an industry. This is why we now want to give a student the opportunity to learn and drive changes which have a direct impact on business, the environment and people’s lives. We believe strongly that investing in talented young people is the best way to achieve positive change and improve our world.”


Commenting on the renewed scholarship partnership, President of Dublin City University, Professor Brian MacCraith said:

“We are delighted to continue our deep association with UrbanVolt. The aims of this scholarship are very much consistent with our new strategic plan for 2017 to 2022 which emphasises talent development, sustainability and fostering a culture of innovation and creativity across the University. This Master’s scholarship provides a wonderful opportunity for our graduates and demonstrates how industry and academia can work together to develop talent and find innovative solutions to real world problems.”


The recipient of the 2017/18 UrbanVolt scholarship, Laura Brady, was also present to launch the call for applications for 2018/19. Thanks to UrbanVolt’s support, Monaghan native Laura was able to pursue a Master’s degree in HR Management with DCU Business School in the current academic year. Speaking at the launch, Laura strongly encouraged potential applicants to pursue the opportunity:

“I can’t thank UrbanVolt enough for the opportunity and I would advise all eligible students to apply for the scholarship this year. UrbanVolt are a very creative company and they are looking for somebody who can stand out from the crowd. For anybody thinking about applying, I would suggest they put a lot of thought, work and creativity into their application but also to be true to themselves and who they are.”


For further information on the scholarship, interested candidates can download the application pack here. The closing date for applications is Friday, 29th June 2018. Scholarship enquiries should be directed to graduatestudiesoffice@dcu.ie.